Mother Of All Storms | Pelican Pub & Brewery

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Mother Of All StormsMother Of All Storms
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pelican Pub & Brewery
Oregon, United States
pelicanbrewery.com

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
First Release - November 2008 'The Perfect Storm'
2007 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

Second Release - October 2009 'The Perfect Storm'
2008 Stormwatcher's Winterfest Barleywine, aged in 1998 Evan Williams Bourbon Barrels.

***NOTE - Third Release - November 2010 The name was changed to 'Mother of All Storms' for trademark reasons.***

Fourth Release - November 2011

31.7 degrees Plato
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume
Bitterness: 40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
467
Ratings:
1,950
Avg:
4.42
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
Wants:
1,563
Gots:
647
For Trade:
72
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Reviews: 467 | Ratings: 1,950
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance- The beer poured a deep murky brown color with some white bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - There was a huge malty, boozy, sweet dark fruit nose.

Taste - I first noted sweet dark rich fruit. Rich dark chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and roasted nuts. I think what amazed me most was how well balanced the booze was with the diverse palette of taste The richness continues in the aftertaste with a slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - Almost syrupy in feel, this coats the tongue nicely.

Overall - MoaS is a fantastic beer. The only barleywine I might like better is Sucaba.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle:
This pour was a tad flat, though the other pour had a thin rim.

Nose is baked date bread with a bourbon kick.

Flavor is chocolate licorice sweet/spicy with a bit of fig, and this gives me more of a Quad impression. The bourbon that comes in gives me some alcohol heat, but a pleasant one. Fairly thick and silky feel that coats the palate.

A powerful and full bodied/flavored offering that might just lack a little in nuance. A very general thought would be that of a chocolate covered liqueur candy, though a tasty quad-like one.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: deep brown to prune juice. Almost black. Thin khaki bubbles

S: booze bourbon. Figs. Candied dark fruits. Dates. Brown sugar.

T: bourbon. Booze. Dark fruits. Candied orange. Dates. Sweet figs. Burnt brown sugar. Subtle hops.

F: nice medium plus body. Boozy. Good bite.

O: very nice BBA barleywine Glad I finally got my hands on this. Well done

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Photo of wulfie85
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Easily one of the best BA barleywines I've ever had. Excellent caramel flavors from the base beer with excellent chocolate, oak, and vanilla notes as well. Absolutely delicious

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Photo of gshak
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2015 editions from bottle, at refrigerator temperature into my Delirium tremens tulip.
A - pours a dark murky brown, with an off-white head that quickly recedes into thin ring leaving alcohol legs everywhere it's been...like a gangsta mother that doesn't want to be seen or heard but leaves a trail of dead bodies in her wake.
S - doesn't let the cold temperature bother her one bit. Raisins for days, with liquid caramel, torched brown sugar, dates and prunes by the boatloads. Traces of almonds and toasted wood, which I predict will only grow stronger as the beer warms up.
T- opens sweet and....oh crap... this is one motherful load of malty goodness. Ok.. gathering my senses now.. let's see.. raisins, dried stone fruits(dates, prunes...etc), brown sugar, molasses, almonds, toffee. Getting some vanilla and coconut as well, not quite as intense as the FW ones, but it's definitely there. Warming alcohol noticed as the liquid makes its way down.
M- very full, and welcoming so. A fantastic winter warmer.
O- in the pantheons of the great BBA Barley wines, this brew stands atop.

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Photo of rabbott2
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had 2012, 2013, and 2015 so this is a rating of those as a combo. I think this beer ages gracefully. This is one of the best BA Barleywines out there. The English malts are showcased in superb fashion here. The barrel comes through really likely. Not too boozy but a solid presence. Feels more like a stout being pretty syrupy but in a great way. I love this one.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Sweet, boozy, nice caramel notes along with some dark fruit and apparent bourbon barrel. Wouldn't want more than a 2 oz pour.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brown appearance with just the right amount of head and carbonation. Pleasant bourbon aroma. The taste is a very pleasant smooth bourbon without any hint of alcohol. I would put it in the top 100

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Photo of stratusjeans
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/2015.

For some reason I'm not in the mood to write a typical review. It looks exactly like it's described in the other reviews. Smells and tastes just like a barrel aged barleywine should. Being an English style barleywine, it's strongly sweet with a firm bread flavor and no noticeable hop balance. There's also a strong booziness, it is 14% alcohol, but not masked. That will probably decrease with age but i don't think I could take the increase in sweetness that would happen. If you like English style beers then step right up.

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Photo of StoutFox
3.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this one was very good dark fruit qualities, quite strong on the alcohol and very difficult to finish a bottle even between 2 people. I did have it with only about 6 months on it. i want to seek out another and put 2 years on it before cracking it open

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Milky light molasses body, light tan head fades to nothing, notable carbonation around the perimeter. Heavy buttery caramel, vanilla, bourbon, and mild smokiness on the nose. Other mild aspects that weave in and out include a tartness like red fruit, burnt turbinado sugar, and controlled, subtle alcohol. The flavor brings to light that red fruit flavor in the form of dark red cherries, along with molasses, wet wood pulp, a kiss of bourbon sweetness, spice and coziness, very rich caramel and toffee that is offset by burnt malt bitterness. The body is super sticky, only *moderately* heavy and full, and slightly warming. Just a hint of tannins.
I have a hard time believing this thing is 14% when the alcohol is so subtle, but that could also be because there are HUGE yet palatable, varied but balanced, delicious but mature flavors going on as well. Everything was in magnificent harmony and came together to deliver one scrumptious wallop of a beer. Simply incredible.

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Photo of JebBeerFish
4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Caramel brown, darker than I expected.

N: Bourbon with vanilla in the back seat.

T: My first thought, this is just like Backwards Bastard, then as it warms and
as the 14% abv puts a small burn in your stomach, I realize this is Backwards Bastard
on steroids. Bourbon very present in the taste, vanilla moves farther in the background.

F: average for the style.

O: MOAS is less of an English Barleywine to me and more of a Wee Heavy/Scotch
Ale. I like higher abv brews and the alcohol is quite prominent but never harsh. I have another
I will continue to age. This was a 2014 bottle.

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Photo of BrotherDylan
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2016 @ 14%

Look: Big deep molasses brown.

Aroma: Its too boozy. The alcohols over power the bounty of subtle aromas. But it smells like bourbon s'mores.

Taste: Some things in this world just taste like quality. This is one of them. It is rich, it is layered, and it is complex. The beer is 14% abv, yet drinking an entire bomber seems effortless. The bourbon flavor is dense, packed between notes of rich cacao and sweet cherries. It finishes long with a fruit leather sweetness and a bourbon bite.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is oaky, tannic, and sticky.

Overall: This is, or should be, the benchmark for massive bourbon barrel aged English barleywines. Its drinkable, its sweet, it bourbony, and its expensive. But the dollar per delicious sip ratio is very favorable.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 2013. Really quite nice. Has some similarities to brew 1000, but not quite as powerful as the Fremont beer.

Beer pours a dark brown/black, with a very mild head. Smell is of great Kentucky bourbon, backed by a brown sugar sweetness. Taste follows nose - the bourbon here is *extremely* smooth and well-rounded. every sip is laced with bourbon, but never in an overpowering way. Nothing is hot, and everything is in balance with the base beer. Mouthfeel is appropriate for the style - moderate carbonation. All in all a great beer, if only it weren't so pricey :).

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brown appearance, not the most attractive, minimal head, 1/6" off white. Nice woody bourbon aroma, ample vanilla, warming. Very well done aroma.

Taste was a smooth English barleywine with ample barrel notes, char, vanilla, oak. Toffee hitting hard. Not sweet. Really imparts lots of bourbon without being overly hot. Well done. 1st tier barrel aged barleywine stuff here.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is review of 2013 vintage. Bottle is around 2 1/4 years old at this point.

Pours an extremely dark brown, looks closer to an imperial stout than a barleywine. Head is very thin and mocha colored. Head retention was non existent and neither was lacing.

Smell is big on caramel, burnt sugar, brandy soaked figs, vanilla, and oak. Bourbon is slightly present but blends nicely. No hops apparent, this is a malt bomb.

Taste is very sweet and somewhat dry. Burnt caramel, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, and slight oxidation are main flavors detected. As beer warms I'm getting big hits of dried fruit, prune, fig, and dates. That along with some warming alcohol gives the beer a false sense of being aged in cognac barrels rather than bourbon. Maybe the prolonged aging is to blame for that. Hops are nowhere to be found, sweet malt and alcohol is the name of the game here.

Mouthfeel is oily, dense, and somewhat undercarbonated. Alcohol is slightly astringent, head was never a factor unfortunately.

Overall, beer was good, solid representation of the style. Just wish there was more head and a bit more carbonation. Maybe 2 years in the bottle have diminished some of the qualities that were present in 2014 when I had this beer at Gabf

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Photo of Zaximus
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013

Caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon. All the usual suspects. Starts sweet, rich and decadent. I get what I can only describe as a peanut butter middle which is actually quite enjoyable. Finish quite bitter, true to style. Bourbon warmth lingers.

My first go around with MOAS and it didn't disappoint.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

look: Dark, gorgeous Ruby. Moderate tan head on the pour that almost entirely disappears.
smell: Big decadent mix of caramel, toffee, bourbon, and dark fruits.
taste: As good as the nose presages. Caramel goodness.

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Photo of dleigh
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Minimal brown head, dark brown liquid. Caramel, bourbon, and dark fruit in the nose. Caramel rich taste with some nice bitterness from the hops. Wonderfully creamy mouthfeel.

I tried a 2014 and a 2015 side by side. I liked the mellower 2014 better--the bourbon is still present but much mellower.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle into tulip to celebrate timbers victory. Really great barleywine...rich and complex but a tad bitter. Overall pretty phenomenal. Glad I finally got to try it.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2013 version. Dark and sexy is the body of this brew, almost black actually. Head is just a skim but I can't fault that to much for that in a big brew like this that has aged two years. Nose is a creamy sweet and laced with tons of dark fruit. Smells great. Spicy bourbon and zesty dark fruit bounce off each other to give such a ballet of balance. Toffee and spicy bourbon cream are so tasty here. This is a well constructed masterpiece.

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Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a surprisingly dark cola-brown; minimal mocha head, quickly disappearing to a thin residue. Clear on the edges.

Strong bourbon, boozy aroma. Plenty of toffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and oak. Nuts and caramel grain. Coconut and vanilla. The more I sniff this brew, the more it reminds me of BCBBW, which is very high praise.

Flavor follows. It's strong and sweet, with chocolate and bourbon up front, and a massive, coconut-and-vanilla bourbon finish. All along, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and fruit ride along the bourbon wave.

Shockingly thick feel. Very full bodied, but still lively. Clearly a hot brew, but easy drinking considering the 14% ABV.

As a very rare occasion, this is the kind of brew that truly lives up to the hype. I mentioned that the aroma reminded me of BCBBW; the flavor and feel do, as well. Exceptional BA BW.

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Photo of BigRedDog
4.66/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Pours a deep, deep, dark ruby. looking black in the glass with a mocha colored head.

Smell is of rich bourbon, oak, raisin, dark fruit, sweet vanilla with a leathery subtlty.

Taste has an intense bourbon and oak, supporting the molasses and vanilla. Some slight coconut notes masked by some smoke and dark candied stone fruit. Barrel and bourbon are present but the beer is not hot. Just the right amount. As the beer warms the smoke and raisin character become more prevalent. Sweet but not cloying.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Not too heavy though.

Overall an amazing beer worthy of its praise. The flavors meld together very well into a complex and entertaining beer that shows you something new with every sip.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Not for the faint of heart. Intensely--almost preposterously--sweet, this one is best consumed in limited quantities, and on a special occasion, with friends. You will have to sip it, and slowly--there is no other way--but the deep and rich malt flavor, combined with the barrel character, is something quite memorable.

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Photo of LouZ
3.68/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sort of a letdown. Paid like $25 to get this bottle and expected a lot given reviews. It fell flat. Thick, syrup-like feel with not much depth or inherent complexity. Love Pelican, but this just missed the mark for me.

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Mother Of All Storms from Pelican Pub & Brewery
4.42 out of 5 based on 1,950 ratings.
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